High performance ceramic materials

12 h
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  • 6 Sequences
  • Introductive Level
  • Starts on March 29, 2020
  • Ends on May 6, 2020

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The course duration is six weeks. Every week consists of approximately 6 sessions composed of a video lecture in english and in french, supplementary documents and an associated quiz.

La durée du cours est de six semaines. Le cours est divisé en six chapitres contenant chacun des vidéos en anglais et en français de quelques minutes ainsi que d’éventuelles ressources supplémentaires et un quiz.

  • Week 1: Semaine 1 :
    • Chapter 1: General aspects Chapitre 1 : Généralités
  • Week 2: Semaine 2 :
    • Chapter 2: Ceramic fabrication processes Chapitre 2 : Procédés d'élaboration
  • Week 3: Semaine 3 :
    • Chapter 3: Microstructure Chapitre 3 : Microstructure
  • Week 4: Semaine 4 :
    • Chapter 4: Thermal properties Chapitre 4 : Propriétés thermiques
  • Week 5: Semaine 5 :
    • Chapter 5: Mechanical properties Chapitre 5 : Propriétés mécaniques
  • Week 6:Semaine 6 :
    • Chapter 6: Thermo-mechanical properties Chapitre 6 : propriétés thermo-mécaniques
    • Conclusion Conclusion


Most of the MOOC sequences are accessible to anyone with an interest in the subject and a minimum of scientific knowledge. Chapters 4, 5 and 6 require basic principles in materials science at a level L2 (second year of University).

La plupart des séquences de ce MOOC sont accessibles à toute personne ayant de l’intérêt pour le sujet et un minimum de connaissances scientifiques. Les chapitres 4, 5 et 6 nécessitent des connaissances de base en science des matériaux relevant d’un niveau L2. .


Julie Bourret
Is an associate professor at the ENSIL-ENSCI, Limoges (since 2013). She is working on the development of the extrusion and micro-extrusion processes and on the preparation of innovative paste formulations at the Institute of Research for Ceramics (IRCER). Coordinator of the MOOC.

Gaëlle Delaizir
Is an associate professor at the ENSIL-ENSCI, Limoges (since 2010). Before that, her Ph.D studies were at the University of Rennes and University of Arizona in a co-supervised project.She specializes in glass materials for advanced technical applications and is a member of the Institute of Research for Ceramics (IRCER).

Patrice Duport
Is a research engineer at the ENSIL-ENSCI Limoges. His specialised activities are Scanning Electron Microscopy and Thermal Analysis.

Marc Huger
Is full Professor at the ENSIL-ENSCI in Limoges and member of the Institute of Research for Ceramics (IRCER). He participates very actively in the measurement group working on thermomechanical behavior of ceramic materials.

Benoît Naït-Ali
Is an associate professor at the ENSIL-ENSCI (since 2009). He is working, in the Institute of Research for Ceramics (IRCER)., on heat and mass transfer in ceramic bodies during the different stages of processing, like drying and sintering.

Béatrice Poilly
Is ceramic engineer and an english teacher at the ENSIL-ENSCI.

David.S. Smith
is full professor at the ENSIL-ENSCI and is a member of the Institute of Research for Ceramics (IRCER).. After a B.Sc (Hons.) in Physics from St Andrews University (Scotland), graduate work in Canada, he has been working for 30 years in Limoges on the thermal and electrical properties of ceramic materials.

Nicolas Tessier-Doyen
Is an associate professor at the University of Limoges (since 2005). Member of the laboratory for the Institute of Research for Ceramics (IRCER)., his research interests include ceramic processing, thermal and mechanical behaviour of composite refractory materials and controlled microstructures in clay based materials.


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The University of Limoges also stands out for its innovation in terms of courses and research work. Zinedine Zidane, Laurent Blanc (and many others) have come here to study for their Management Degree in sports law and economics. Its laboratories specialising in material science and EMMS (electromechanical microsystems) are working on the space shuttles. In genetics, Michel Cogné is responsible for a worldwide discovery relating to the suicide of genes. A team led by François Raynaud has designed a process that consists of changing the colours of the stars in order to observe them more easily on giant telescopes. The Centre for Semiotic Research – the biggest in Europe – is working on the wide-ranging subject of the production of meaning to gain a better understanding of our information
and communication-based societies. The international criminal courts have chosen our research centres to keep and better manage their archives. The University of Limoges is therefore at the heart of the new intelligence economy that will lead the way in the 21st Century.


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